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No Clarity. No Focus. And a Loud Inner Perfectionist. thumbnail

You know that feeling of clarity and focus you have when inspiration strikes? When there is no doubt as to what you should do. That’s NOT what was happening here. I had no clarity. No focus. Every decision was full of doubt because of that inner perfectionist pestering me. So what do I do when I have days [...]

My Very Sneaky Muse Pulled Fast One on Me thumbnail

My muse pulled a fast one on me. She’s sneaky that way. This started as just play, using up leftover paints in my art journal and then bam! This couple in the photo had something to tell me and my reaction took me by surprise. https://youtu.be/3jER40q-VWA Watch Art Journal Play with a Vintage Photo on YouTube. Using [...]

A Silly Collage to Shake off Stress thumbnail

There was a stress intervention from the Muse at the request of my family. Grown up responsibilities had been getting the better of me. As I played and added more layers to this collage, a ridiculous plot involving Alfred Hitchcock appeared. The sillier the plot, the less stress I felt. https://youtu.be/7SulNBaTe8w Watch Shaking off stress with [...]

Rescued from Overthinking By My Art Journal thumbnail

The play almost didn’t happen today. That logical left brain of mine was having a control freak kind of a day and things were being taken way too seriously. What rescued me? What got me playing? My Permission to Play art journal! https://youtu.be/J-mHpov572Y Watch Rescued from Overthinking By My Art Journal on YouTube. Want to make [...]

Caution, OOPS in Progress thumbnail

Why did I not use my usual bright rainbow colors that I had on my palette? It was because of an O.O.P.S., an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly, that happened as I created a full page of pattern in my art journal with just one small stencil. https://youtu.be/66jUIaAlLRA Watch How I use a small stencil to fill an [...]

OOPS! An Idea that Went Horribly Wrong thumbnail

The plan for this canvas went horribly wrong. The idea in my head did not translate one bit the way I intended on the canvas. That is a polite way of saying “Yuck, it was rear end ugly!” But it was just an O.O.P.S., an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly, that started the journey of this canvas. [...]

The Ugly Pink Rectangle OOPS in my Art Journal thumbnail

Treasures were used to create this art journal page. Were these expensive treasures? Nope. Would they be considered trash by many? Yes! These treasures were a bag of scraps of paper that I had been saving in my studio for a very long time that I decided was time to use them or lose them courtesy [...]

How I got my creative mojo back using my least favorite color

My inner critic was relentlessly running roughshod over my mojo. My broken ankle was healing just fine but my creative bones seemed unable to go back to the way they were. Turns out just as the ankle needed rehab, so did my mojo. It was like there was big cloud following me around blocking out [...]

The Good Kind of Cleaning and a Hot Mess thumbnail

Cleaning and play can go hand in hand. Not house cleaning…but cleaning excess paint off stencils. My fast and favorite way to clean off an inky or painty stencil, especially when gel printing, is by blotting it off on another surface like an art journal or in this case a wood panel. Since this is not the actual [...]

How Disco Helped Me Deal with an Ugly Art Journal Page thumbnail

What do I do with a hideous start to an art journal page? Call it an OOPS and add more layers! An O.O.P.S. is an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly and little did I know that the word discover would take me to the 70’s and disco. https://youtu.be/gldjQyYT7wo Watch How I dealt with an ugly art [...]